SA AMSAT CubeSat project on track

  SA AMSAT has successfully completed the first prototype of the various elements of its CubeSat project, named Kletskous. The CubeSat is being designed and built by radio amateurs and will ultimately include a 20 kHz linear transponder, extensive telemetry and command systems and selected school science projects. Kletskous measures 10 x 10x 10 cm […]

Wobbles in the sustainability of renewable energy…

  International solar power developer Abengoa (NASDAQ: ABGB), with three concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, started insolvency proceedings on Wednesday 25 November 2015, perhaps signalling an overheating of the global renewable energy sector, and a correction in the trajectory of adoption of renewable energy in the face of reduced prices for fossil […]

World Radiocommunication Conference allocates spectrum for future innovation

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) concluded its deliberations on Friday 27 November 2015 as delegates signed the Final Acts that revise the Radio Regulations – the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. In a statement by the Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services Dr. Siyabonga Cwele said that overall […]

Eskom reports higher revenue, profit

Eskom’s chief executive, Brian Molefe, has announced the power utility’s interim financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2015. He reported that earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 9% to R24,9-billion from R22,8-billion in 2014 on the back of an 8% growth in revenue which amounted to R87,9-billion. Net […]

Minister opens new waste heat to power plant

  Rob Davies, the minister of trade and industry, opened a clean energy power plant at Anglo American Platinum’s Waterval platinum smelter complex near Rustenburg recently. The power plant recovers energy from the heat generated by the smelter and converts it to electrical energy which is used on-site to reduce the company’s demand from Eskom. […]

Global electrical equipment maker signs local manufacturing deal

  Schneider Electric and Steelcor Power signed an agreement recently which will have Steelcor Power producing Schneider Electric’s medium voltage (MV) Premset switchgear locally. In preparation for the new venture, Steelcor Power has increased its Boksburg factory by 900 m2, added a three-ton gantry crane, a new test bay with a partial discharge faraday cage, and […]

First official drone airshow in South Africa

  South Africa’s first official UAV airshow, the Geomatics Indaba 2015 – UAV Airshow, was a resounding success with over 400 delegates attending the event which was held on 10 August 2015 at the Barnstormers Model Flying Club in Ekurhuleni. Organised by the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI), the Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern […]